I had the most amazing week last week! On Thursday I went to Greenwich for the first day of the Olympic dressage which was just awesome! Everything about it was wonderful - the journey on public transport to and from the venue, the organisation, the venue, the people working there, the atmosphere, the dressage itself - it was a fantastic experience with a carnival atmosphere and one I will never forget. The scale of the stadium, which was all constructed from scaffolding, was just jaw dropping, the scenery was beautiful and the whole experience made me very proud to be British. I couldn't get over the fact that I was actually there, at an Olympic Games!!!!!
The view from our seats.
One of the beautiful flower arrangements.
Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Horjis
The big screen very near to us.
Mike was working and couldn't come but my non-horsey companion who loved every moment of it, much to his surprise, and mine!!!
The stadium is just visible in the background.
The Cutty Sark which is very near the venue.
Then on Sunday we went to Dorset in pursuit of a brand new business venture! We stayed overnight at a guest house at Lulworth Cove, which is stunningly beautiful.
The view from the hotel window
Early the next morning I walked along the very steep coastal path to Durdle Door. This was the view looking back down the path to Lulworth.
The bay before Durdle Door.
Durdle Door itself.
The views from the path on the way back.
We then went to Monkey World which is the biggest Ape Rescue Centre in the world and was lovely to visit. I especially liked the Golden Cheeked Gibbons and the Orangutans.
This Lemur came down from the tree and walked along the fence to a bench where some people were sitting. The Lemur's minder asked the people to move as it is her favourite bench! She then sat down, surrounded by people like me with cameras, snapping away at close quarters, curled up and went to sleep!
A Squirrel Monkey looking very cute!
Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys are a proper breed which have more or less become extinct in their native countries of Sardinia and Sicily. The breed was saved by becoming very popular in the US and they were first imported into the UK in 2000. They are still quite few and far between in the UK and it's been quite difficult to find any quality mares for sale but we've been very lucky and managed to buy 2 lovely foundation mares to start our stud.
We are hiring a lorry and going to collect the girls on 21st August
They are VERY friendly!!
This is the jack they are in foal to - Itsy Bitsy Tomcat.
It's all very exciting! We've got loads of plans for taking them to county shows and other events so more people can find out about them, setting up a website, etc. I've really missed breeding something and I was never very comfortable breeding animals for meat. We were looking for something that that we would love and really enjoy, and that there would be a demand for, and I think we've found the ideal project!